Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 1998

Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 1998

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50. Devin The Dude - The Dude

Devin The Dude - The Dude
June 16, 1998
Critic Score
60
1 review

49. Windy & Carl - Depths

Windy & Carl - Depths
March 23, 1998
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

48. RZA - Bobby Digital in Stereo

RZA - Bobby Digital in Stereo
November 24, 1998
Critic Score
61
5 reviews

45. Gas - Königsforst

Gas - Königsforst
December 0, 1998
Critic Score
81
2 reviews

43. Maxwell - Embrya

Maxwell - Embrya
June 10, 1998
Critic Score
73
5 reviews

42. Mouse on Mars - Glam

Mouse on Mars - Glam
July 20, 1998
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

39. A Tribe Called Quest - The Love Movement

A Tribe Called Quest - The Love Movement
September 29, 1998
Critic Score
67
5 reviews

38. Gastr Del Sol - Camoufleur

Gastr Del Sol - Camoufleur
February 23, 1998
Critic Score
91
2 reviews

36. Spoon - A Series of Sneaks

Spoon - A Series of Sneaks
May 5, 1998
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

35. Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
September 29, 1998
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

34. Plastikman - Consumed

Plastikman - Consumed
January 1, 1998
Critic Score
80
1 review

33. DMX - It's Dark and Hell Is Hot

DMX - It's Dark and Hell Is Hot
May 19, 1998
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

32. Sunny Day Real Estate - How It Feels to Be Something On

Sunny Day Real Estate - How It Feels to Be Something On
September 8, 1998
Critic Score
91
3 reviews

In this season of fall, we sadly recognize that "Nothing gold can stay"; but listening to How It Feels to Be Something On reminds us that even our deepest losses are capable of bearing gold as well.

31. Juvenile - 400 Degreez

Juvenile - 400 Degreez
November 3, 1998
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

30. Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come

Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
October 27, 1998
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

29. Royal Trux - Accelerator

Royal Trux - Accelerator
April 21, 1998
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

28. Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves

Sonic Youth - A Thousand Leaves
May 12, 1998
Critic Score
74
6 reviews

After a string of surprisingly and contentiously accessible albums, SY attempted to balance their pop curiosity with its experimental instincts.

27. Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs

Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs
September 29, 1998
Critic Score
88
7 reviews

26. Big Pun - Capital Punishment

Big Pun - Capital Punishment
April 28, 1998
Critic Score
86
4 reviews

25. Hole - Celebrity Skin

Hole - Celebrity Skin
September 8, 1998
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

24. Fugazi - End Hits

Fugazi - End Hits
April 1, 1998
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

23. Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider

Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider
July 20, 1998
Critic Score
87
6 reviews
Mark Linkous’ second album as Sparklehorse shines an old light on impossible things. He found the purity of pop music and then lacerated it with the quirks and imperfections he cherished.

22. Autechre - LP5

Autechre - LP5
July 13, 1998
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

21. Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis

Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis
February 2, 1998
Critic Score
95
4 reviews

It's no surprise that Hollis has been publicly silent ever since, since silence always seems to be where the songs on Mark Hollis want to go, as if it took great effort to even decide to commit these particular sounds to tape.

20. Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty

Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
July 14, 1998
Critic Score
81
8 reviews

19. Madonna - Ray of Light

Madonna - Ray of Light
March 3, 1998
Critic Score
84
6 reviews

18. Tortoise - TNT

Tortoise - TNT
March 10, 1998
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

16. Gang Starr - Moment of Truth

Gang Starr - Moment of Truth
March 31, 1998
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

15. Pulp - This Is Hardcore

Pulp - This Is Hardcore
March 30, 1998
Critic Score
83
8 reviews
Fact: Both types of song make This is Hardcore a great late- late- night listen.

14. Beck - Mutations

Beck - Mutations
November 3, 1998
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

12. Silver Jews - American Water

Silver Jews - American Water
October 20, 1998
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

In 1998, David Berman approached perfection. Absorbed in metaphor, ennui, and isolation, the loping music of American Water didn’t seem like it was trying to be art. It just was.

10. PJ Harvey - Is This Desire?

PJ Harvey - Is This Desire?
September 29, 1998
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

9. Boredoms - Super æ

Boredoms - Super æ
March 25, 1998
Critic Score
78
2 reviews

8. Air - Moon Safari

Air - Moon Safari
January 16, 1998
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

7. Massive Attack - Mezzanine

Massive Attack - Mezzanine
April 20, 1998
Critic Score
85
7 reviews

6. Cat Power - Moon Pix

Cat Power - Moon Pix
September 22, 1998
Critic Score
89
5 reviews

4. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
February 10, 1998
Critic Score
85
8 reviews
It's a record of images, associations, and threads; no single word describes it so well as the beautiful and overused "kaleidoscope."

3. Elliott Smith - XO

Elliott Smith - XO
August 25, 1998
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

2. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
August 25, 1998
Critic Score
91
8 reviews
Calling on her obvious comprehension of an expansive range of music, Hill deftly moves through moods and influences, sometimes transforming a song in a mere moment.

1. OutKast - Aquemini

OutKast - Aquemini
September 29, 1998
Critic Score
92
5 reviews
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